Mekong WorkshopThis week, Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is organizing “The Workshop on Strengthening Cross-Border Anti-Corruption Efforts: Mekong Sub-Region” in cooperation with the Academy.

The five-day workshop, taking place in Bangkok from 4 to 8 September, has brought together around 40 representatives from China, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. IACA’s Chair and Executive Secretary to the Provisional Commission, Martin Kreutner, was among the keynote speakers during the opening ceremony.

The first session focused on examining the role and effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies in the region and also included a brief presentation on IACA and the upcoming Master in Anti-Corruption Studies programme. A panel discussion on increasing international cooperation in view of preventing corruption formed part of the second session, while the third session was dedicated to the topic of the ASEAN community and regional cooperation on law enforcement. IACA’s Senior Programme Advisor, Suzanne Hayden, moderated the fourth session on understanding the corruption-money laundering nexus from various perspectives, during which panellists spoke about how their organizations view the relationship and any steps they have taken to address the problem. This session also included a hands-on component on money laundering and how it facilitates the goal of corruption. The fourth day of the conference, 7 September, will be dominated by cross-border mutual assistance in anti-corruption investigations and the identification of challenges and best practices. On the last day, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a study visit to the NACC Ayudhaya Provincial office and the town’s infamous UNESCO World Heritage Site.